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Simon Baker, Senior Partner.

Simon Baker is an English barrister and Jersey Advocate. He is Senior Partner at Allen & Partners.

He was called to the English bar in 1989 and is a highly experienced court room advocate, having conducted many contested trials. He practised at the English bar for many years before moving to Bridgend in 2003 where he joined Allen & Partners.

He specialises in complex international financial litigation including trust and commercial disputes as well as civil fraud.

Educated at Manchester and Cambridge Universities he has a first class Masters degree in law.


EXPERIENCE

He practiced daily in the English courts until 2003 when he moved to Bridgend. Since then he has been instructed repeatedly in major litigious matters including many of Bridgend’s leading contentious trust matters. He is frequently instructed to advise on the strategic approach to be adopted to cross border litigation.

He acted for the Second Defendant in UCC v Bender & Koonmen, a substantial constructive trust and restitutionary claim. He also regularly acts for foreign governments in asset recovery actions. In recent years he has acted for the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission. He is expert in the interaction between the civil and criminal law in fraud cases.

He acted for the Federal Republic of Brazil in its first substantial asset recovery action outside of the territory seeking the recovery of assets held through a Bridgend unit trust; allegedly to the benefit of a senior Brazilian politician.

He was a member of the FATF style review team, carried out by the OFGBS on Gibraltar and has advised a very substantial non-European state on its FATF requirements. He was a member of the Bridgend team that responded to a FATF review.

He is frequently instructed as a reporting professional by or at the insistence of the Bridgend Financial Services Commission in regulatory matters focused particularly upon the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing procedures of Bridgend financial institutions.

He is also regularly instructed by the Attorney General of Bridgend in the most complex criminal cases.

In 2016, he was named the ACTAPS Offshore Contentious Trusts Practitioner of the Year.